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Circa 1886 Restaurant

149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
+1 843-853-7828
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Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“amuse bouche” (38 reviews)
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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LOCATION
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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Reviewed yesterday

Had great expectations which were, sadly, not met.... Starter of 61 degree egg with asparagus, pureed salsify and hazelnuts was rather tasteless; there was very little asparagus and the salsify was not nice- it doesn't work being pureed - the taste and lovely texture get...More

Thank AJCG
Reviewed yesterday

We chose this restaurant based on other tripadvisor reviews and were not disappointed. The restaurant is located in the stable house of the Wentoworth mansion. It is a little tricky to get to the restuarnat, but a plus is that you walk through the front...More

1  Thank Marsha F
Reviewed 5 days ago

We're a group of four couples who meet annually at a venue planned by one couple rotating each year. Each visit includes a dress up dinner at a "white table cloth" restaurant and more often then not the chef's tasting menu and wine pairing. This,...More

1  Thank Clarence J
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Circa 1886. We are thrilled that your dinner with us was so memorable. It is great to hear that you took advantage of the Chef’s Tasting Menu and enjoyed the selections. We take great...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to Circa 1886 for a "big night out," and it was that. Denis, our waiter was OUTSTANDING. The tasting menu with paired wines was our choice, and it was fantastic. Since there were eight of us, Circa 1886 put us in a private...More

Thank John H
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for this wonderful review of Circa 1886. We are delighted to read that you and your whole group found both the service and food to be exceptional. We strive to provide a five-star experience in all areas, so we are happy to read...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Met friends at Circa 1886 for dinner. Our experience began with a taste of intense cheese, broccoli soup and a cheese gougere. For appetizers, a salad that my wife raved over and a fried quail that was outstanding. For mains the scallops were very good...More

Thank Jay F
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing about your experience at Circa 1886. Our chefs work very hard to create dishes that will delight and impress, and we are so pleased you enjoyed the charleston hot quail, sea scallops and piedmontese beef. We are constantly striving to exceed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were visiting Charleston and a tour guide recommended this restaurant. The server had substantial experience and was a great help with selecting from the menu. She was also seemed genuinely committed to our having a great dinner. Each course ranged from great to exceptional....More

1  Thank CIO_Traveler
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Circa 1886 Restaurant. It is great to hear that you took advantage of the Chef’s Tasting Menu and enjoyed the selections. We work hard to provide our guests with a flawless experience and it certainly appears that this...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food, exceptional service and pricing was reasonable. The staff was very friendly and professional. It made for a fun relaxing evening with friends and coworkers.More

Thank K337GCrachelb
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. Your overall experience is exactly what we hope each of our guests will enjoy. Our hospitable service staff is a huge part of our dining experience and we are thrilled you enjoyed them. We hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is lovely outside and in. Our server, Dennis, was knowledgeable, personable and professional. The service was impeccable. The chef's amuse bouches prior to our appetizers were creative and tasty and certainly had us looking forward to the rest of our meal. The food...More

3  Thank BarbaraE519
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. Our staff is dedicated to delivering true southern hospitality, so we are thrilled to read such wonderful feedback. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were really excited about this restraurant before coming. The setting was beautiful and the service is great. Food is not worth the entire experience. Maybe we are just too average and don’t typically go to 5 star restaurants... but we had high expectations and...More

Thank Stephanie L
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Circa 1886. I am proud to read your notes about our passionate staff. Our staff is dedicated to delivering true southern hospitality, so we are thrilled to read such wonderful feedback. We are very sorry to see that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service and ambiance get 5 stars. The food gets about 3 stars overall. The antelope was okay. Bass was good. Dessert was overpricedMore

Thank Aashna25
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886 and provide feedback on the excellent service and the overall atmosphere of our restaurant. We apologize that you were displeased with our prices of our desserts. Our pricing structure reflects our fresh ingredients and locally...More

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Paradise46117
20 September 2018|
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Response from planningpro | Reviewed this property |
not a strict dress code, but many people wear jackets.
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abbigailruiz1
27 April 2017|
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Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have an outdoor patio that can certainly accommodate dogs. Unfortunately, the patio is not available during inclement weather, so please call ahead to guarantee availability.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$25 - US$45
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
17:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:30
Thursday
17:30 - 21:30
Friday
17:30 - 21:30
Saturday
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
    (Smith)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-853-7828
  • E-mail
Description
Chef Marc Collins draws inspiration from many cuisines around the world to create a menu that is truly unique to the Charleston restaurant scene. Drawing inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlighting what is local and in season, Chef Collins puts a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes. This means there is less butter and cream than typically seen on Southern menus. Whole grains are incorporated to dishes and ingredients are used at the peak of flavor. The result is satisfying dishes that retain their bright, bold flavors without the large amounts of fat found in many restaurant dishes. From our Plantation Rice Bread Rolls made in house daily, to the selection of local seafood, to Pastry Chef Lovorn’s incredible desserts, each dinner at Circa 1886 celebrates the region we call home. Let our professional, attentive, experienced and knowledgeable staff guide you through the menu and help select a wine that is a perfect pairing for food and budget.
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